Olympic scandals: The facts you won’t find over search
In Okinawa, I have been stuck indoors for three days due to a typhoon. Fortunately, I can take an objective view of what is happening in Tokyo and around the world, so I would like to note down my thoughts …
When I hear things like “The physical examinations are too lax!”, “You can find out by searching on the internet!”, or “IT literacy is low!”, this makes sense to me at first, but then I think: “What is the truth?”
Today, you can’t search for what someone said in a magazine 27 years ago in January 1994 or the contents of a VHS released 23 years ago in May 1998.
Pre-internet 20th-century media, unless it has been digitized, exists only as memories, reproductions, or references. You can’t give somebody a physical examination using a search bar.
Has anyone seen this magazine or VHS? Not just the parts that were cut out. I don’t mean to defend anyone, but here is what I am particular about: “Are things based on facts?”, “Are we looking at things from multiple angles?”, “Are we reading opposing opinions and counterarguments?”
I think this is impressionistic criticism. Impressions incite hoaxes and rumors. When working in the entertainment world, I always feel that all that is written is lies. Something I understand quite well is written about with next to no basis. They say, “Where there is smoke, there is fire,” but many articles are 100% made up. I want to say: “Do you understand what it means to be innocent until proven guilty?”
For articles in the 21st century, logs will remain, so media damage of “Ah, so he or she is this kind of person” is searchable and lives on forever. The reality is that many simply cannot restore their reputations. You might think, “Wait, what’s written is just a lie. So please delete the article,” but this involves a huge amount of red tape, and, in the end, you are told, “This is the tax for being famous.” Then all you can do is agree meekly and cry yourself to sleep.
When you have a scandal like this, it’s good to step back and take a deep breath. Then, think calmly about what the truth is.
The above isn’t organized, but, while jousting with the dangers of nature at our farm in Okinawa, these are the miscellaneous thoughts that arose regarding the preposterous things happening in the city.
By the way, I am not interested in the Olympics and have not watched them a single time since I was born. I have no plans to watch them in the future, so I will also spend my time today doing research on healthy teas.